With strong population growth, changes in food consumption, stagnating agriculture yields and impacts of adverse weather conditions, food security in South-East Asia is increasingly important, particularly for rice importing countries. Weather extremes like droughts and floods can lead to severe production shortfalls and are seen as key contributors to food price volatility and shortages. The latest assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests increases in rainfall extremes in most regions of the world especially, in South-East Asia.
New advances in climate and crop modelling make food security crises more predictable and reveal insights of the impact of extreme events, which in turn can be used as a basis for policy making. This conference brings together experts from the domains of climate change, crop modelling and food security to discuss approaches to manage food security issues in South-East Asia at early stages.
The “International Conference on Climate Change and Food Security Asia” (ICCFSA) is organised by the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) of National University of Singapore and the Asia Risk Centre (ARC). TMSI has been commissioned to conduct climate change projections for SE Asia and has undertaken various studies to relate these projections to flood and drought occurrence and their impact on agriculture. ARC is the leading provider of agriculture risk quantification models and has been collaborating with the Consultative Group of International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) to develop a yield forecasting tool kit for food security in South Asia.
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